CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will once again host a hybrid presentation of its biennial national institute, the Fall Forum, in 2014. As part of the presentation, three or four satellite sites across the country will present a live broadcast of events taking place Oct. 17-18, in St. Louis. Universities, school districts, intermediate education units or similar locations interested in hosting as a satellite site are invited to submit a one-page statement describing their qualifications to AASL by Dec. 10, 2013. More information can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.
Satellite sites will be responsible for simultaneously broadcasting the speakers and events of “School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape” to its on-site attendees. To ensure a smooth broadcast, sites must have a reliable high-speed Internet connection and the technology to support a live stream of and interactive chat with the St. Louis location.
Other responsibilities of satellite sites include providing a project manager to work directly with the AASL office and securing a facilitator to guide discussion with on-site attendees during breakout sessions. To be considered, the satellite site must be a school district, university, intermediate education units or similar entities and attract a minimum of 50 attendees. AASL will provide registration and event materials for satellites sites and reimbursement for direct expenses such as food and beverage breaks will be provided through a cost-share model.
The AASL Fall Forum is a multi-day national institute held during non-AASL national conference years. A more intimate event, the institute focuses on one topic of importance to the profession. “School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape” will be held Oct. 17-18, 2014, in St. Louis. More information on programming can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/fallforum.
The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.